Denton Teacher Motivates Students with Music Video Parody of Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’

Following last year's success with "Uptown Funk," Denton ISD tries to go viral again.

Are you ready to pop some tests? Kelli Hauser, a Denton ISD and McMath Middle School reading teacher, definitely is.

In order to get her students motivated to take this year’s dreaded STAAR test, Hauser remade the popular Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song, “Thrift Shop,” and went all the way for the video. In true Macklemorian style, Hauser donned a massive fur coat and even refers to herself as Lady Hauza.

Of course, the lyrics have been completely changed to make them both appropriate and fitting to their new subject matter. Notable changes include: “I’m gonna pass this test, only got No. 2s in my pocket,” and “Show what you know D-F-Dub representing…in Denton, we’re diggin’, we’re nommin’ on that knowledge—gotta get that diploma so we can go to college.”

Hauser, who proclaims in her parody that she is in the “state testing business,” isn’t new to the teacher-makes-a viral-video business, either. In fact, this is Hauser’s seventh year recreating hit songs in preparation for state testing week. Last year, Hauser parodied Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk,” calling it “STAAR Test Funk.” The video received more than 760,000 views. This year’s “Test Shop” was posted on Sunday and has 5,300 views and counting.

We have to admit, Lady Hauza’s version of “Thrift Shop” is quite catchy. Though we haven’t talked to any middle schoolers about it, we’re not sure if anything can actually make state testing truly exciting.

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